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J.182 Sa"ngaamaavacara Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a skilled elephant-trainer. The king, in whose service he was, attacked Benares riding the state elephant -- but the elephant was so scared by the missiles and noise that he would not approach the place. Thereupon his trainer encouraged him, telling him that he should feel at home on the battlefield, and the elephant, impressed by his words, broke down all obstacles and achieved victory for his master. The Jataka was told in reference to the Buddhaís step-brother Nanda who at first kept the monastic precepts only because the Buddha had promised to obtain dove-footed nymphs (kakutapadiniyo) for him from Tavatimsa. Later, however, encouraged by Sariputtaís words, he strove with earnest and attained arahantship. Nanda was the elephant and Ananda the king. 57/180 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.092ff. encouragement


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